There's an Alex Morgan goal video sweeping across the sports world today after the American midfielder put the final nail in the French coffin with a beautiful strike to push the Americans into the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
Already holding a 2-1 lead over France, the Americans were pressing for a final strike to all but punch their ticket to the championship match. In the 82nd minute, a Megan Rapinoe pass to a streaking Morgan was deflected by French defender Lauren Georges, but continued its path down the pitch.
That's when the 22-year-old midfielder kicked on the afterburners, speeding up and controlling the ball mid-stride on her breakaway. She launched a shot from a surprisingly tough angle and French keeper Berangere Sapowicz couldn't make the save as Morgan chipped the shot over her into the far corner.
Suddenly, the Americans went from trying to defend a one-goal lead to clinching a berth in the final for the first time since 1999.
Morgan came onto the pitch in the 56th minute as a substitution for Amy Rodriguez. The Americans needed a boost off the bench, and the 22-year-old midfielder more than provided it. She and fellow sub Rapinoe played key roles in helping the US take the 2-1 lead off a beautiful strike from Wambach, but it was Morgan who put the game out of reach with her excellent goal down the stretch.
Morgan hadn't seen the pitch much in this, her second-career World Cup with Team USA, but in this game, the 22-year-old came off the bench and delivered just what the Americans needed to get past a French team that dominated the time of possession for much of the game.
She's a player widely seen as the future of the American midfield, and one would figure that with her effort coupled with this stellar goal, she figures to get a bit more run in the final.